Guwahati, Sept. 12: Diabetics in the city can now opt for short-needle syringes that promise to reduce discomfort.
The BD Glide 6mm needle syringe was launched by Becton, Dickinson and Company, a global medical technology company, here today.
Doctors recommend the use of this syringe, as its needle is 25 per cent shorter than the normal needles available in the market.
“Patients often hesitate to use the normal needles because they can’t stand the pain after being administered insulin. A few patients even tend to shun the insulin treatment, which is risky as their blood sugar levels are likely to rise. However, the shorter needle will ensure that patients take their insulin injections without any discomfort or fear,” said Manas Baruah, a consultant endocrinologist.
“In the case of diabetic patients, there comes a time when tablets become ineffective in controlling their blood glucose level and they need to take insulin shots to control it. While injecting a needle daily can be painful, there is no reason to give up the treatment. Using shorter needles can reduce the discomfort of taking an injection,” said Mihir Saikia, consultant endocrinologist and diabetologist and former head of the department of endocrinology, Gauhati Medical College and Hospital.
The Forum of Injection Techniques India, too, has said there is no medical reason to use needles longer than 6mm for administering insulin.